Having neutral minded riders was the plus in this comparison. Both are nice bikes. The only thing I don't like about the Indian is that chrome piece above the headlight. I'm sure it is supposed to be part of the Head dress art deco theme. If it is simply a cover to service the electric wind shield then I am sure someone will create a painted version.
Indian's got it though with that awesome motor. They will steal the show at gatherings for a good long time. HD's are like Camaros or mustangs. They're everywhere! You have to put thousands into them to stand apart but their still the same bike. A victim of their own success it's just not a big deal to own one anymore. Just another brand to many riders who never drank the Koolaid. Indian/Polaris is new and exciting.
What we need now is for a major publication to do a comparison of the 3 American bagger brands. Victory, Indian, and HD. I bet the Cross Country does well.
2011 Cross Country. D&D's wrapped - VM1DR cams - PC5 - LLoyds high performance filter and ATS (Adjustable Timing system). Power output 115HP/115FTLBS tuned by KMC. Klock Werks flip shield - RF/PBR300x4 amp - Hertz HCX 6.5's - Victory 6X9 Magnum Lids - Victory XM - HMD Black Pull Backs with Victory performance grips. PIAA Led3 driving lights. accessories from Arlen ness - Witch Doctors - Noemtz Designs - Kuryakyn. Blacked out treatment powder Coat by PPC Stuart fl.